988 You are not alone – anyone can access crisis or emergency services for mental health, substance use disorders or other emotional distress at the resources below. Version en Español Jump to: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline | Local Agency Call, Text or Chat the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be: Thoughts of suicide Mental health or substance use crisis, or Any other kind of emotional distress People can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support. The lifeline is free and confidential. Learn more about 988. What happens when you call, text or chat 988? You will be connected with a skilled, trained crisis worker who works at the Lifeline network crisis center closest to you. This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support and share any resources that may be helpful. The Lifeline does not “trace” callers, chat or text users. For some individuals, having contact with emergency services can be traumatic and dangerous, and whenever possible the Lifeline recommends alternate options such as collaborating on a safety plan, utilizing mobile crisis teams, collaborating with the individual’s loved ones or professionals, or supporting the individual to get to a Crisis Stabilization Unit, emergency department, or urgent care. Learn more and get answers to other frequently asked questions. Access Crisis Services at a Local Behavioral Healthcare Agency Locate your county on the map below and contact the crisis line for services. Learn more.